Thursday, April 30: Shelton-Area Lawmakers to Hold Virtual Forum

Posted on April 26, 2020 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) will join State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) in hosting a town hall meeting on Facebook Live on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.

The lawmakers will be joined by Julio C. Casiano, Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration CT District office. They will discuss the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including relief programs available to help Connecticut small businesses and workers through the

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Coronavirus Informational Resource Page

Posted on March 19, 2020 by admin


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As elected leaders at all levels of government work to get their residents information on the Coronavirus Pandemic as soon as possible, this web page has been set up to provide important federal, state, and local links for the residents of the 113th district.  This page will be updated as new information becomes available.  If you have any questions that you do not find answers to, please reach out to me at jason.perillo@housegop.ct.gov.  For additional updates, please see my Facebook page which you

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Rep. Perillo Shines a Spotlight on Data Being Withheld from State Auditors

Posted on February 20, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo sent a letter to the Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford last week demanding action to avoid situations where third-party vendors to the state fail to provide data to Connecticut Auditors.

Rep. Perillo sent the letter after reading the 2019 Annual Report from the Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts that the Auditors were denied access to vendor-controlled data during their audit of the SNAP (formerly, food stamp) program. The Auditors of Public Accounts were looking into payment accuracy and program eligibility for SNAP benefits.

In the letter, Rep. Perillo explained that after the Auditors of Public Accounts asked for the information from the third-party vendor, the vendor informed them that they would not provide the requested data without a contract change order and payment for the production of the data.

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Local Lawmakers Stand with Connecticut Farmers

Posted on February 18, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty joined members of the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association at the State Capitol on Tuesday to call on lawmakers to fix language in the Liquor Control Act that will negatively impact Connecticut Farm Wineries.

Legislation passed last year extends incentives originally designed to support Connecticut farmers to manufacturers who typically import out of state grapes or wine that is already fermented and ready for bottling.

“We are standing with our local farmers and farm wineries and asking our colleagues to make this important fix to the Liquor Control Act,” said Rep. Perillo. “State vineyards and wineries contribute more than $154 million to our economy and we should continue to help this industry grow. By not fixing this language, it will hurt the industry and our state’s economy.”

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Rep. Perillo, Lawmakers Begin 2020 Session

Posted on February 5, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – The General Assembly gaveled in for the 2020 Legislative Session on Wednesday. The current legislative session is a “short session”, which will run until midnight on Wednesday, May 6th.

“Last year Governor Ned Lamont asked us to work together to find solutions that will improve our economy and fix our budget crisis, but instead, decided to conduct the majority of his business behind closed doors,” said Rep. Perillo. “Now, the governor is asking us to work together again and be optimistic about the future of our state. I will always remain optimistic about our great state, but for our state to move in a better direction the governor needs to stick to his promises and create a more open and transparent state government.”

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Rep. Perillo, Sen. Kelly Listen to Business Owners and Professionals

Posted on February 3, 2020 by admin


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SHELTON – Valley lawmakers attended the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast on Friday morning at PerkinElmer in Shelton to listen to business owners and professionals and to talk about the upcoming legislative session that starts on Wednesday, February 5th.

“For decades Democratic lawmakers in the General Assembly have decided to focus on Hartford and not the Naugatuck Valley,” said Rep. Perillo. “Every year millions are wasted on pet projects for Hartford lawmakers and funding is not prioritized on projects that would increase economic development. Democratic lawmakers need to stop wasting time and money on things that won’t help our business community or increase economic development. Stop the revenue grabs and anti-business legislation and let’s work together to move our state and the Valley forward.”

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty, and Sen. Kelly Host Pre-Session Office Hour in Shelton

Posted on January 17, 2020 by admin


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SHELTON – State Representative Jason Perillo and State Senator Kevin Kelly met with residents on Tuesday at the Shelton Senior Center to discuss the upcoming 2020 Legislative session, which starts on Wednesday, February 5th.

“Tolls and Connecticut’s fiscal challenges will be the main topics we are discussing in 2020,” said Rep. Perillo. “Governor Ned Lamont and Democratic lawmakers only solution to many of Connecticut’s problems is to tax residents more and more. It is unfortunate that the majority party Democrats can’t work with us to find common-sense ways to move our state forward. Ruling the state by themselves hasn’t worked and will continue to lead Connecticut down the wrong road.”

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Reps. McGorty, Perillo Listen to Firefighters and EMS Officials Priorities for 2020

Posted on January 7, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – The bipartisan Fire and EMS Legislative Caucus held their first meeting of the New Year on Monday, Jan 7th, to talk and listen to Fire and EMS officials about their priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session, which starts on Wednesday, February 5th. 

Rep. McGorty, who co-chairs the bipartisan caucus, said, “We have a great group of lawmakers who sit on the Fire and EMS Caucus with a lot of experience and knowledge about Firefighters and EMS. With our combined knowledge, and giving Firefighters and EMS a voice at the table, we can move legislation forward that benefits our Firefighters and EMS and gives them the tools to do their jobs effectively.”

Rep. Perillo added, “Last session we were able to pass bipartisan legislation to provide post-traumatic stress disorder benefits to police and firefighters. The PTSD legislation that passed was a good first step, but we need to work together to find a way to include all public safety officials. I will be advocating for this to happen during the 2020 session.”

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Shelton Lawmakers Talk to Business Owners Frustrated with Anti-Business Climate

Posted on October 25, 2019 by admin


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SHELTON – State Representatives Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and State Senator Kevin Kelly met with business owners and professionals on Tuesday morning to discuss the impact of legislation that was passed during the 2019 session will have on their industries.

During the 2019 session, the majority party Democrats passed major anti-business bills, which included increasing the minimum wage to $15, implementing a payroll tax to fund paid family leave, raising the business filing fees and reducing the tax credit for pass-through entities.

The lawmakers explained that they wanted to host the forum to make businesses aware of what was passed and how to prepare for the new laws. They also urged businesses to be vocal about how policies discussed in Hartford will impact them and make their voices heard during the legislative session.

“Democratic lawmakers and Governor Ned Lamont say they care about business owners but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Rep. Perillo. “These anti-business bills will cost businesses more money and could cause more to close their doors. Instead of asking businesses for more we should be asking what we can do to make it easier for them to do business in our state.”

“We are one of the worst states in the nation to do business in and this session the Democrats decided to pass more bills that will not get us out of the dead last rankings,” added Rep. McGorty. “I want to let businesses know Rep. Perillo, Sen. Kelly and I have their backs and will continue to fight for them in Hartford, but we also need their help in speaking out against these bills when they come before the legislature.”

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DOT Announces Route 8 Improvement Project

Posted on October 10, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (Department) Office of Engineering is implementing a resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, and safety improvement project on Route 8 in Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, and Seymour. The project begins at the Platt Road overpass in Shelton and ends at the North Main Street overpass in Seymour for a total of 8.8 miles. The purpose of the project is to provide corridor improvements that bring this section of roadway to current standards.

This project proposes to

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